Several TN State Parks set to reopen Friday
Tennessee state park officials say they plan to reopen most state parks following Monday’s announcement from Governor Bill Lee to allow the safer-at-home directive to expire April 30.
Most of the Volunteer state’s 56 state parks will open back up for day-use only starting this Friday. While which parks are opening back up have not yet been announced, that information will become available later this week. Tennessee State Parks are encouraging visitors to practice safe and responsible social distancing guidelines, while mentioning several facilities and gathering areas including pavilions and playgrounds, cabins, lodges, restaurants, campgrounds, and group camps will remain closed.
They also say overcrowding could lead to complete park closures again. Below are those guidelines offered by officials:
*Stay at home if you are sick or do not feel well.
*Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other visitors.
*Visit parks that are only a short distance from your home.
*Consider visiting earlier in the day so you can adjust plans if a park is full. Tennessee State Parks may limit access to certain parks or areas if capacity is reached.
*Plan ahead. Many Tennessee State Parks buildings will be closed. Plan to bring your own snacks, water and hand sanitizer.
*Prepare for limited or no bathroom access. Some restrooms remain open, but many will not.
*Consider bringing a mask and wearing it when around other people.
*Carry your trash with you or dispose of it in the appropriate containers to help keep our cleaning staff safe and our parks litter-free.
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